Taiji dolphin hunts livestreamed by campaigners – what you can do to stop the bloodshed
In Taiji, Japan the dolphin drive season has begun – making profits for the Taiji Fisherman’s Union and all those involved in the dolphin captive trade and causing yet another year of suffering for the wild dolphin population.
On September 1, 2013, the dolphin killers did not waste time as they spotted a large pod of 60-70 Bottlenose dolphins. As the pod was netted into the cove, hundred of activists and volunteers, both local and international, showed their support for Japan Dolphin Day where they voiced their opposition to the slaughter while various media outlets covered the events. After the pod was held overnight in the cove without food or care, killers and trainers from all captive facilities within Taiji selected 18 juvenile dolphins for a life of captivity. The remainder of the pod who were seen as unfit for captivity were driven back out to sea by the same brutal method used to drive them into the cove.
On September 6, 2013, just after 7 in the morning, all twelve boats were in formation just south of Taiji. The killing boats came together then separated as they chased this pod for more than 7 hours, until they finally managed to wrangle the pod into the cove. This pod included a baby and many juveniles who struggled to not only stay with their mothers, but to stay alive as they fought against the killers for hours before they were held overnight until captive selection the following morning.
As the killing and kidnapping season begins in Taiji, it is vital to note the potential number of lives that could be taken from the waters off of the coast of Taiji by both killers and trainers alike. The 2013-2014 season quota is as follows:
- 134 Pacific white-sided dolphins
- 450 Striped dolphins
- 557 Bottlenose dolphins
- 400 Pantropical spotted dolphins
- 265 Risso dolphins
- 137 Short-Finned pilot whales
- 70 False Killer whales.
We will continue to live stream each drive hunt, slaughter and transfer throughout the season with two HD cameras for supporters at home to view on their computers or smartphones. To view our live streams please go to https://livestream.seashepherd.org
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